I kept telling my 10 year old to grow up and stop crying.
Today I attended a workshop on listening and realised that I wasn’t allowing my son to naturally express himself.
When we don’t allow our children to express themselves naturally they will express themselves unnaturally in the forms of escapism, addiction, attention seeking etc.
It was a huge awakening for me. Not only as a parent but as a husband, friend and businessman.
The importance of self expression is crucial to healthy relationships.
Being listened to without judgement and being free to express yourself fully in a safe environment is a basic human need.
Something as simple as unbiased listening can be one of the most powerful gifts we can give to people (including ourselves).
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